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Spotlight

NYFF’s showcase of the season’s most anticipated and significant films.

Belle

  • Mamoru Hosoda
  • 2021
  • Japan
  • 121 minutes
  • Japanese with English subtitles
In his densely beautiful, eye-popping animated spectacle, Mirai director Mamoru Hosoda tells the exhilarating story of a shy teenager who becomes an online sensation as a magical pop star named Belle in a parallel virtual universe known as the “U."
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C’mon C’mon

  • Mike Mills
  • 2021
  • 108 minutes

Q&A with Mike Mills, Joaquin Phoenix, and Molly Webster on Oct. 4

A soulful Joaquin Phoenix plays Johnny, a kindhearted radio journalist taking care of his sister’s troubled young son while trying to complete a project in writer-director Mike Mills’s latest effort, another warm, insightful, and gratifyingly askew portrait of American family life.
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Dune

  • Denis Villeneuve
  • 2021
  • USA
  • 155 minutes

Q&A with Denis Villeneuve on Oct. 7

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding in visionary filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel.
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The French Dispatch

  • Wes Anderson
  • 2021
  • USA
  • 107 minutes
  • English and French with English subtitles

North American Premiere

As brimming with finely tuned texture as a juicy issue of a vintage magazine, The French Dispatch features precision work from a full masthead of collaborators, with director Wes Anderson’s deadpan whimsy complementing the film’s palpable sense of nostalgia.
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Jane by Charlotte

  • Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • 2021
  • France
  • 86 minutes
  • French with English subtitles

North American Premiere

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s wise and wondrous film about her legendary mother, Jane Birkin, consists of several intimate conversations between parent and child, affording a spare, loving window into the emotional lives of two women as they talk about subject matter that ranges from the delightful to the difficult.
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The Lost Daughter

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • 2021
  • USA/Greece
  • 121 minutes

Q&A with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, Paul Mescal, and Dagmara Dominczyk on Sept. 29

In her striking feature directorial debut, Maggie Gyllenhaal adapts a 2006 novel by Elena Ferrante about Leda (brilliantly played by Oscar-winner Olivia Colman), a divorced professor on a solitary summer vacation who becomes intrigued and then oddly involved in the lives of another family she meets there.
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Marx Can Wait

  • Marco Bellocchio
  • 2021
  • Italy
  • 95 minutes
  • Italian with English subtitles

North American Premiere

In his most achingly personal film to date, legendary Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio uses the occasion of a family reunion in his hometown of Piacenza to excavate and discuss a traumatic event: the suicide his twin brother Camillo.
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Red Rocket

  • Sean Baker
  • 2021
  • USA
  • 128 minutes

Q&A with Sean Baker, Simon Rex, Bree Elizabeth Elrod, Suzanna Son, and Brittney Rodriguez on Sept. 29

Adding to his gallery of jet-fueled portraits of economic hardship within marginalized pockets of the U.S., director Sean Baker trains his restless camera on Mikey, a wildly narcissistic former porn star who has returned from L.A. to his depressed, postindustrial hometown of Texas City.
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The Souvenir

  • Joanna Hogg
  • 2019
  • UK/USA
  • 119 minutes
Joanna Hogg mines her own autobiography to craft a portrait of the artist as a young woman in early 1980s London. An eminently refined and moving bildungsroman about the ties that inexplicably bind, The Souvenir—as its title suggests—is also an absorbing evocation of a time, place, and national mood.
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Amos Vogel Centenary Retrospective

We pay tribute to the centenary of late film programmer and festival co-founder Amos Vogel—who offered the city “films you cannot see elsewhere,” and whose uncompromising dedication to the medium’s radical possibilities inspired NYC film culture as it exists today—with a special Spotlight sidebar.

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Amos Vogel Program 1: Cinema 16

  • Sidney Peterson, Lester F. Beck, John Huston, Oskar Fischinger
  • 113 minutes
In the fall of 1947, Amos Vogel, a young Austrian émigré, and his wife Marcia founded a venue called Cinema 16, which routinely brought together strikingly different works—pairing, for instance, an abstract animation with a science film, allowing both to be understood, contrapuntally, in a new light.
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The New York Film Festival, 1963-1968

Cinema 16 came to a close in 1963. That same year Vogel co-founded the New York Film Festival with Richard Roud, and, as the head of Lincoln Center’s film department, laid the groundwork for the FLC of today. For our tribute, we’ll be highlighting a number of works that were presented during Vogel’s tenure at the festival, each of which reflects, in different ways, his long-standing preoccupations as a programmer.

Amos Vogel Program 2: Barravento

  • Glauber Rocha
  • 1962
  • Brazil
  • 16mm
  • 78 minutes
  • Portuguese with English subtitles
Featured in the Main Slate of the first edition of NYFF, Barravento is a seminal work of Cinema Novo and the debut feature of Glauber Rocha.
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Amos Vogel Program 3: Pearls of the Deep

  • Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, Evald Schorm, Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš
  • 1965
  • Czechoslovakia
  • 107 minutes
  • Czech with English subtitles
A selection of the 1966 New York Film Festival, Pearls of the Deep is made up of five sections, each directed by a different filmmaker and based on a short story by Bohumil Hrabal.
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Amos Vogel Program 4: The New American Cinema

  • Tony Conrad, Peter Emmanuel Goldman
  • 16mm
  • 105 minutes
The Fourth New York Film Festival featured a sampling of the New American Cinema, bringing the underground uptown. Two of the works screened that year, Tony Conrad’s The Flicker and Peter Emmanuel Goldman’s Echoes of Silence, reflect the range of avant-garde activity flourishing at the time.
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Amos Vogel Program 5: The Social Cinema in America, 1967

  • Lebert Bethune, Santiago Álvarez, David Neuman and Ed Pincus
  • 92 minutes
As the Fifth New York Film Festival featured a sidebar on “The Social Cinema in America,” we reprise one of the evening's screenings, bringing together Lebert Bethune, Santiago Álvarez, David Neuman, and Ed Pincus.
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Amos Vogel Program 6: Personal Cinema

  • 12th and Oxford Street Film Makers, Jaime Barrios, Maxine Tsosie and Mary J. Tsosie
  • 69 minutes
1968 marked Vogel’s final year overseeing the NYFF, and many remarkable (and even today underappreciated) works were selected. One program in particular from that edition was dubbed “Personal Cinema," reprised here.
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Film as a Subversive Art

Long a source of inspiration for film programmers, Film as a Subversive Art is a guidebook to cinema’s outer limits, replete with tantalizing descriptions of some of the most radical movies ever made. First published in 1974, this lavishly illustrated volume can be seen as a culmination of Vogel’s work over the previous decades, chronicling as it does the taboo-busting potential of cinema, at the level of form as well as content.

Amos Vogel Program 7: Film as a Subversive Art

  • Dušan Makavejev
  • 90 minutes
  • English, German, Russian, and Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles
For this program, we foreground Amos Vogel's acclaimed book, Film as a Subversive Art, with one of its most iconic titles, WR: Mysteries of the Organism, alongside Nebula II, one of its most obscure entries.
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